Google offers cybersecurity tips to small and medium businesses working from home

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to work from home. There is a surge in cyber-crime attempts in the past few weeks. Google has come forward to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India to stay safe.

Google India’s recent research shows its two-step authentication has helped in blocking 96% of phishing attacks and 76% of targeted attacks. The company sends an SMS to a recovery phone number to allow the user to login to their accounts. The security keys feature have helped in blocking 100% phasing attacks and 100% targeted attacks.

In an official statement, Google said, “Our study emphasises the importance of safer login with two-step verification as it can significantly decrease the chance of someone gaining unauthorized access to your account. When possible, enable automatic updates to make sure you have the latest security fixes, built-in malware and phishing protection. Auto-update should be enabled for all software that your business uses. Avoid using applications that do not offer regular security options.”

Google has various plans to help the SMBs to battle cyber-crime. Employee training is an integral part of Google’s tips for SMBs. This allows in fostering security in your business by training your employees to be vigilant. Google advises businesses to develop security protocols to report incidents and events such as malware and phishing. Companies should reward employees that report such incidents. It is also necessary to have guidelines for social media usage and handling of sensitive data.

Since companies have given the work laptops to employees to work from home, Google recommends that these employees should avoid using work device for private activities. People tend to check updates on the Covid-19 outbreak, this creates a potential phishing attack threat.

Enterprises should create a transparent communication environment with their clients. It is essential to inform clients about new working conditions and changes in schedules.